across


across
1 preposition
1 going, looking etc from one side of a space, area, or line to the other side: flying across the Atlantic | We gazed across the valley. | Would you like me to help you across the road? (=help you to cross it)
2 reaching or spreading from one side of an area to the other: a deep crack across the ceiling | the only bridge across the river | Slowly a smile spread across her face. | Do you think this shirt is too tight across the shoulders? | right across: The damn fool has parked right across the entrance to the drive way.
3 on or towards the opposite side of something: My best friend lives across the road. | Jim yelled across the street to his son. | just across: He knew that just across the border lay freedom. | across sth from: Across the street from where we're standing, you can see the old churchyard.
4 in every part of a country, organization etc: a TV series that became popular across five continents | right across: Teachers are expected to teach a range of subjects right across the curriculum.
2 adverb
1 from one side of something to the other: There isn't a bridge. We'll have to swim across. | We'd got halfway across before Philip realized he'd left his money at home.
2 if you go, look, shout etc across to someone, you go, look or shout across an area to the place where they are: There's Brendan. Why don't you go across and say hello? | I'm just taking this food across to Sarah. Won't be long. | across to/at: The referee looked across at his linesman before awarding the penalty.
3 10 feet/10 miles etc across if something is 10 feet etc across, that is how wide it is: At its widest point the river is 2 km across.
4 across from opposite something or someone: a woman sitting across from me on the train

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • across — across, crosswise, crossways, athwart are synonymous when they mean so as to intersect the length of something. Across and athwart may be used as prepositions as well as adverbs but carry the same implications in either part of speech. Across… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Across — A*cross (#; 115), prep. [Pref. a + cross: cf. F. en croix. See Cross, n.] From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To come across}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — A*cross , adv. 1. From side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The squint eyed Pharisees look across at all the actions of Christ. Bp. Hall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — may refer to: *Across variable *ACROSS, a fictional secret organization which is the subject of the manga and anime series Excel Saga * Action SuperCross (1997), a 2D motorbike simulation game by Balázs Rózsa, prequel to Elasto Mania …   Wikipedia

  • Across — Across, palabra inglesa que significa a través de, puede hacer referencia a: el Proyecto ACROSS, proyecto de I+D+i; o Across the Universe, canción de los Beatles. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo título.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • across — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB ▪ from one side to the other of (something). ● across the board Cf. ↑across the board ORIGIN from Old French a croix, en croix in or on a cross …   English terms dictionary

  • across — [ə krôs′, ə kräs′] adv. [ME acros < a , on, in + cros, cross, after Anglo Fr an croix] 1. so as to cross; crosswise 2. from one side to the other 3. on or to the other side prep. 1. from one side to the other of, or so as to cross 2. on or to …   English World dictionary

  • across — (adv.) early 14c., acros, earlier a croiz (c.1300), from Anglo French an cros in a crossed position, lit. on cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross) (n.)). Prepositional meaning from one side to another is first recorded 1590s; meaning on the other side (as …   Etymology dictionary

  • across — [prep] traversing a space, side to side athwart, beyond, cross, crossed, crosswise, opposite, over, transversely; concept 581 …   New thesaurus

  • across — [[t]əkrɒ̱s, AM əkrɔ͟ːs[/t]] ♦ (In addition to the uses shown below, across is used in phrasal verbs such as come across , get across , and put across .) 1) PREP If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of… …   English dictionary


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